6 rivers is an exploratory journey along the rivers of Cracow in a handmade boat from the city’s administrative boundaries to the estuary in the Vistula river. Everyone knows that Vistula river flows through Cracow, but the other rivers are much less known. From the city’s perspective you can hardly see them, moreover hardly anyone is interested in rivers, the don’t power mills, they do not provide food or water. Instead they are ecological corridors, natural reserves here animals live, illegal sewages, and rubbish dumpsters. I wanted to recall their names and show the endangered beauty. The entire execution of the 6 Rivers project took place in the city of Krakow from early autumn 2011 to late summer 2012.
The result of the project is a series of photographs and 6 short documentaries about the six rivers of Krakow. One separate film is dedicated to each river. Probably no one have ran down all the rivers of Krakow yet and, contrary to appearances, this task is not easy. Most sections of the rivers are inaccessible, surrounded by fences of allotment gardens and strange post-industrial areas. The valleys of these rivers are narrow veins of wild nature. Cecylia Malik decided to get to know the city in which she lived from birth, from a new, completely unknown side. ou do not need a permit or license to swim on the rivers, if you are an adult and have a life jacket, you can travel on the rivers for free. Rivers are a common space belonging to all city residents. The project refers to childhood games, which were accompanied by discovering new places, lands 15 minutes away from home, naming them and keeping them as a secret. The artist's guide on Krakow's rivers was the ornithologist Ph.D Kazimierz Walasz. Cecylia Malik traveled down all the rivers of Krakow together with the ornithologist Kazimierz Walasz on a tourist pontoon to explore the area. Then she invited a young cinematographer, Piotr Pawlus, to film her lonely journey in a hand-made recycling boat. The artist collaborated with Piotr Pawlus on previous projects: "365 Trees", "Concert at Mr. Thug" and "Alcon Blue Collective". Now they have decided to do a joint, year-long project. Travels along Krakow's rivers are filmed in all seasons of the year.
People involved in the production of the film:
Cecylia Malik – script and director
Piotr Pawlus – photos and editing
Piotr Dziurdzia – logistics and all technical assistance in the execution
Piotr Madej – sound production
Kazimierz Walasz – scientific consultation, river guidance , joint research. He borrowed oars and provided his own maps.
Prądnik and Dłubnia river - Rozalia Malik
Rudawa and Wilga river - AABAZU : Maciej Szymczyk & Łukasz Szalnkiewicz / Zenial
Wisła river – Martin Bowes Attrition http://www.attrition.co.uk/
Underground river – Piotr Madej
A screening and premiere of films took place in Krakow as part of the Artboom Festival, under the Grunwaldzki Bridge. The screenings of the films were preceded by the first Water Critical Mass in the city, organized and invented by Gocha Nieciecka and Cecylia Malik on June 22. The main organizer of the critical mass of water was Cracow’s Radiofonia. The inhabitants of Krakow took pontoons, swimming mattresses, rafts made of pet bottles, surfboards and kayaks to go to the film screening together. Rivers are also a common space, a city space.
The action was legal, because everyone can swim, you do not need to have a registered boat or a driving license, being 18 or more and having a life jacket is enough. We want to make the critical masses of the Vistula River a tradition of the Cracovians to restore rivers to the city. On the second day after the premiere, the conference "6 Rivers - travel instructions" took place at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art.